Building the Data Warehouse / Edition 4

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  • The new edition of the classic bestseller that launched the data warehousing industry covers new approaches and technologies, many of which have been pioneered by Inmon himself
  • In addition to explaining the fundamentals of data warehouse systems, the book covers new topics such as methods for handling unstructured data in a data warehouse and storing data across multiple storage media
  • Discusses the pros and cons of relational versus multidimensional design and how to measure return on investment in planning data warehouse projects
  • Covers advanced topics, including data monitoring and testing
  • Although the book includes an extra 100 pages worth of valuable content, the price has actually been reduced from $65 to $55
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From The Critics
Revised to reflect new techniques and applications since the 1996 edition, this third edition explains what a data warehouse is and how it works, and tells how the traditional data warehouse can be integrated with new technologies including the Web. Discussion encompasses techniques for customer sales and support on-and offline, data warehousing for decision support, integration of data warehouses with ERP systems, and tradeoffs between normalized data warehouses and dimensional data marts. Inmon has written many books on database management and data warehousing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
A guide for database developers, designers, and managers to creating a database tailored for analytic and informational uses, different and separate from a database with the same information to be used in ordinary operations. Deals more with concepts, overall approaches, and issues rather than technical aspects. Among the topics are decision support systems that utilize data warehouses, environment and design, granularity, distributed data, executive information systems, external and unstructured data, and migration to the environment. No mention is made of the first edition or why a second was issued. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764599446
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 457,094
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Inmon, the father of the data warehouse concept, has written 40 books on data management, data warehouse, design review, and management of data processing. Bill has had his books translated into Russian, German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Dutch. Bill has published more than 250 articles in many trade journals. Bill founded and took public Prism Solutions. His latest company — Pine Cone Systems — builds software for the management of the data warehouse/data mart environment. Bill holds two software patents. Articles, white papers, presentations, and much more material can be found on his Web site,

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Evolution of Decision Support Systems.

Chapter 2: The Data Warehouse Environment.

Chapter 3: The Data Warehouse and Design.

Chapter 4: Granularity in the Data Warehouse.

Chapter 5: The Data Warehouse and Technology.

Chapter 6: The Distributed Data Warehouse.

Chapter 7: Executive Information Systems and the DataWarehouse.

Chapter 8: External Data and the Data Warehouse.

Chapter 9: Migration to the Architected Environment.

Chapter 10: The Data Warehouse and the Web.

Chapter 11: Unstructured Data and the Data Warehouse.

Chapter 12: The Really Large Data Warehouse.

Chapter 13: The Relational and the Multidimensional Models as aBasis for Database Design.

Chapter 14: Data Warehouse Advanced Topics.

Chapter 15: Cost-Justification and Return on Investment for aData Warehouse.

Chapter 16: The Data Warehouse and the ODS.

Chapter 17: Corporate Information Compliance and DataWarehousing.

Chapter 18: The End-User Community.

Chapter 19: Data Warehouse Design Review Checklist.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    An Exclusive book for Datawarehouse Professionals:

    Inmon has covered the great details about the fundamentals of Datawarehousing in very easily understandable nature. I'm new to Data Warehousing and I haven't found any simple title on Datawarehousing that tried to explain and cover all topics to beginners. Inmon has done a great job in explaining complete evolution of DSS systems and about the Data warehouse environment and designing. I especially liked his style in chapter 6 which is Distributed Data Warehouse. He tried to touch all the important concepts with real world examples. Chapter 9 Migration to the Architected environment is one of the finest chapters that dig in to more technical details. Chapter 10 has clear content that shares enough knowledge to understand the connection between web and publishing data warehousing. chapter 16 has exclusive subject on ODS systems and it explained in a well fashion about the End user community. Overall, I recommend this book to all new bees and who wanted to grow as a good Professionals in Data warehousing.

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